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Sperm-sniffing police dog snags rapist

A 23-year-old man has been charged with rape in Karlskrona, after Rapports Opus, southern Sweden's only police dog specialised in sniffing sperm, caught a whiff of his case.

Sperm-sniffing police dog snags rapist

The charges against the man state that in the beginning of June he threatened and physically forced a woman to perform oral sex on him in a Karlskrona park, reported regional newspaper Sydöstran.

The evidence against him is heavy.

On top of a medical certificate testifying to bodily damage, witnesses who’ve spoken with both the victim and the accused, as well as a witness who overheard the act, the prosecutor has one more ace up his sleeve in the form of the sperm-sniffing police dog’s forensic investigation.

The dog found traces of semen at the scene of the crime and after being sent for analysis these were found to match the 23-year-old’s DNA.

“The technical evidence is very good,” concluded prosecutor Mårten Alvinsson, who spoke to Sydöstran.

Rapports Opus underwent a year’s training in order to reach his exalted position as the sole sperm-sniffing dog of the region.

“He’s the only dog in southern Sweden specialised in tracking sperm,” said B-G Carlsson, the police officer who trained the dog, to Sydöstran.

Carlsson will be testifying in the trial against the 23-year-old. This marks the first time evidence from Rapports Opus sperm-sniffing abilities is used in court, as he only graduated from the dog academy in August 2010.

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ALMEDALEN 2022

Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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